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Just shouted at my beautiful 4mo DS. Feel awful. Please come and share your similar experiences

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babysaurus Tue 02-Oct-12 21:11:29

Offloading here.
I have to be up at 5.30 to get to a job for 8, then we are driving to Bristol for the week. Due to this I have shit loads to sort out and DS, for the first time ever, didn't go to sleep. I know I am very VERY lucky not to have problems getting him to bed normally, as we went to the supermarket at 7 (close to his bedtime) he got over-tired and would not go to sleep. We got back at 7.30 and he has only just properly dropped off.
And I shouted at him. And he looked scared, and then carried on crying.
I feel awful now, really awful for losing it.
I know I can't be the only person who's done this, but I feel dreadful all the same. The poor little sod!
Stories of similar scenario's, with happy endings (!), would make me feel better (or at least less like I'm the only one.)

attheendoftheday Tue 02-Oct-12 21:58:13

Take a deep breath, there will be no damage done. It's frustrating when you need to get things done, but your ds will go to sleep quicker if you stay calm. Do you have a partner who can help with the settling or packing?

Give your little one lots of cuddles in the morning, he'll be fine. If you can in the future pack and organise earlier so you aren't relying on him sleeping on a specific night.

These things do happen to most of us!

TunipTheVegemal Tue 02-Oct-12 22:01:41

OP, there was a whole thread once called something like 'What's the worst thing you have ever shouted at an innocent baby in anger?' Will try and find it for you. xxx

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Tue 02-Oct-12 22:02:49

Ach. Pour wine , take 30 mins to yourself, then get on with the packing etc and forget all about it.

I suspect there are less parents who have never lost it momentarily than parents who have.

TunipTheVegemal Tue 02-Oct-12 22:05:09

Sorry, can't find the thread. But it did happen and there were a lot of posts!
Don't worry. Give him a cuddle and all will be fine.

RightBuggerforGOLD Tue 02-Oct-12 22:05:47

Aw hugs. Happens to everyone sometimes, have a cuppa tea and a sit down for a bit. Xx

tethersend Tue 02-Oct-12 22:18:36

If it makes you feel any better, I casually chucked a bottle of milk to DP this evening, as he was holding sleepy but hungry four month old DD2.

It hit her full in the face blush

PoptartPoptart Fri 05-Oct-12 17:44:34

You are only human and the fact that you feel bad about it means that you are unlikey to do it again. I promise that there will be no long term damage done! Give yourself a break <hugs>

babysaurus Wed 10-Oct-12 22:20:46

Hi everyone, thank you for all your messages. I am so late in reply as I've been away for a week and didn't have internet.
I feel okay about it now, I think it was just frustration! I am very organised and had most stuff ready but tiredness and then the fractious baby making things tricky made things escalate and I got wound up. And normally you can set your watch by the time he'd be soundly asleep too!
Thanks again everyone, I appreciate hearing that I'm not the only one! x

WillSingForCake Thu 11-Oct-12 18:59:14

Here's the thread Tunip was looking for. I found it by searching for the phrase " piddling little twat " which had particularly stuck in my mind!

It's really normal babysaurus, it's just your tiredness talking, don't beat yourself up about it.

babysaurus Thu 11-Oct-12 19:03:19

Thank you Willsingforcake, massively appreciated x

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